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The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.

 

UWOFA Voices: ‘A better choice is to get up and do my part, however small that might be’

In a new series, UWOFA members share how they came to be active supporters of their union.

By Ann Bigelow

A lot of people just like me have fought to get me the rights I have today, and in today’s world, we need to be fighting to keep what we’ve already got, not just trying to get more fairness. If generations of workers had not given their time to improve our working conditions; if Rosa Parks had not resisted bus segregation; if the Famous Five had not stood up for the rights of women and children, society would not have progressed. I just want to make a small contribution, and by doing so, I am fighting for what I believe in.

Read Ann's full story here.

UWOFA-LA collective bargaining Update. Vol. 5, No. 5

In May of this year, your negotiating team attempted to reach a quick settlement with the employer in advance of the province’s wage cap legislation. Unfortunately, the employer scuttled this proposal, and traditional negotiations began on June 11.  The two sides have met 5 times so far with 5 more meetings on the schedule before talks pause for the summer. The current four-year contract expired on June 30, 2019.

The past, after all, informs the present and helps chart the future.

As the Director of Western’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Public History, Int

Librarians and Archivists are always there for you.

When I was conducting research for my Master of Arts Degree my professor encouraged me to reach out to Tom Belton, an archivist at Western University. Tom went out of his way to find relevant documents and was there for me for months while I worked at the library and archives.

Every great university has a library at its centre

Every great university has a library at its centre; and, as I have tried to argue here, the library is above all an institution sustained by the knowledge and skills of the professionals who staff it. Western faculty like me are enormously privileged to carry on our research at Weldon and at the university’s other libraries; as our librarian colleagues enter what may be a difficult set of contract negotiations, we owe them our unconditional support.